Hi everyone! I need some help with the novel that I’ve been wanting to write for ages. The main character is going to be based off a character I role played in an online game I used to be addicted to, so I have no issues with the character really. The world is going to be fantasy based, so think DnD, dragons, elves, wizards etc. I'll be making up my own rules for the world and I don’t think I’ll have much of an issue with that. My problem is this… I don’t have a main underlying theme. I don’t really want the main theme to be based on any shallow events; i.e. I don’t want the whole plot to revolve around some journey to find X from the mountains to the east, or whatever. The best books I have read (in my opinion) are ones that have these sorts of plots, yes, but there is some deeper underlying theme in addition to the surface plot, if that makes sense? E.g. Some inner struggle the main character is having that evolves throughout the story and throughout the surface events. That is what I’m lacking at this point and I’m finding it hard to start without it. It may be a little hard to come up with ideas if you don’t know much about the main character, but I was hoping if people had some general ideas it might help me to come with my own or modify your ideas or something. There are two characters I may use (I’m still trying to decide who would be more fun to write about), and here’s a rough outline of both of them: Character 1 (The one I’m leaning towards): I won’t say what her race is, as I don’t want the focus to be on that. I haven’t decided on her history for the story yet, but personality-wise, she is evil, and her way of thinking is very primal and animalistic. She is very independent and generally hates everyone. I have considered having her underlying theme some inner desire for a sense of belonging within a family of some sort, but she generally thinks that needing others is a sign of weakness. Character 2: Also female (though I might make her male, not sure). She’s an avariel (A winged elf), who is very kind, friendly etc but also very self centred and selfish. Her race was a bit of a mix, and so she generally feels like she doesn’t belong anywhere. Because of this, people are able to manipulate her by using her desire to fit in, i.e. Evil beings are able to pull her down and make her do naughty things! So her main theme I guess would revolve around this, and perhaps a struggle with resisting evil forces etc. It may sound like I know what I want already, but I really don’t! Haha. I can’t seem to settle on these plots yet so I was hoping for either, more ideas, or some elaboration on the ones above. I can't see to get beyond the surface with them. Thanks a lot!